Let the Postal Service Go Away

The Postmaster General is in Washington this week, again, asking congress for help. He is pointing out that the agency lost $2.8 billion dollars last year. His request to congress is to move from a 6 day a week delivery schedule to a 5 day a week schedule, in order to reduce cost.

What's interesting about this, is that congress is hesitant to make the reduction. This is just another example of how out of touch many of our government representatives actually are. According to MSNBC, subcommittee chairman Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass. said, "the financial stability of the Postal Service is 'critical to the American expectation of affordable six-day mail delivery.'" Really! Does anyone really care if the postal service delivers 6 days a week?!?! Most everything these days can be done via the internet, so we don't really need to mail letters or bills, and loosing one day a week isn't going to have that huge of an effect on when I get my bills. In fact, I'd say moving to a 5 day week is a benefit, because that's one less day of worthless junk mail I will be getting. The only other reason people use the postal service is for shipping packages, but as anyone can attest, shipping through the postal service is a lesson in frustration. They never have enough people working and the line is usually out the door. So why would anyone want to give them money to ship packages, after waiting in line and receiving crappy rude service, when UPS and FedEx do the same thing with less frustration, is beyond me.

So listen to the Cranky Monkey congress, let them reduce the days from 6 to 5, or for that matter let them take it down to 4 days. The postal service is an outdated bureaucratic system that needs to get with the times or just go away.